Moyers' gift to support faculty, student leaders in architectural engineering

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Architectural engineering alumnus Bill Moyer and his wife, Juli, have pledged $100,000 to establish a fund for excellence in the Department of Architectural Engineering.

Their gift will be used to enhance the startup packages of new faculty hires; support faculty participation in professional development activities; enable faculty to develop new courses; provide buy out opportunities for faculty to enable them to engage in important initiatives, such as large proposal development and pedagogical research; facilitate faculty support of student-centered initiatives; and provide awards and/or scholarships to student leaders.

Chimay Anumba, head of the Department of Architectural Engineering, said, "Bill and Juli Moyer recognize that at the core of a world-leading program, such as architectural engineering at Penn State, is a set of high-caliber faculty. Their excellence fund is intended to enable us to recruit and retain top-notch faculty by providing added value resources that directly support faculty in enhancing and creating new opportunities for our students."

Bill Moyer noted that architectural engineering faculty are involved with students on a day-to-day basis. "This fund will ensure they have access to the cutting-edge resources necessary to prepare students for their professions."

He added that the department recently hired three new faculty. "What better way to get them ramped up than to have funds available that they can work with?"

The executive vice president of DAVIS Construction said he and Juli also acknowledge the importance of recognizing student leaders for their hard work and dedication. "Penn State AE students have the creativity and ambition to compete in national events and attend professional development activities. We intend that the fund helps to assure that a deserving student won't miss an opportunity because they can't afford to go."

He noted that he and Juli agreed this fund is one of the best ways to give back to the place that had such a positive impact on his career and their lives.

Juli Moyer is a 1981 graduate of the College of Health and Human Development.

Bill Moyer is actively involved in Penn State's Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence (PACE), an industry/University partnership focused on education, research and collaboration. While serving on the PACE advisory board, he received the Excellence Award in recognition for his commitment to construction management education and research. He is also a PACE Construction Hall of Fame inductee.

In April, he received an Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering.

Moyer earned his bachelor of architectural engineering degree in 1979.

Last Updated July 15, 2014